Wednesday, November 21, 2007
"NABLUS, (PIC)-- Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi, a lawmaker and the secretary-general of the Palestinian national initiative, on Wednesday said that the IOA is exercising the policy of "revolving doors", explaining that the number of Palestinian people kidnapped by its troops during the last two months was more than the number of prisoners it promised the PA to release.
In a written statement, Barghouthi confirmed in another context that the Israeli occupation is distorting the truth and deceiving the world and the Palestinian people when talking about dismantling some settlement outposts, explaining that Israel is attempting to reintroduce the principle of "settlement freeze" through its speech about freezing all settlement construction while it had already established 200 settlement outposts in the Palestinian lands.
The lawmaker added that Israel is required to freeze all its settlement activities, including constructions in the existing settlement outposts where the Israeli settlers, living in those outposts built on usurped Palestinian lands, reached 450,000.
According to the MP, the application of international law and the resolution of the International Court of Justice in The Hague oblige Israel to remove all the settlements, not only a few uninhabited settlement spots.
In another context, Ahrar center for prisoners' studies confirmed that the list of would-be freed prisoners published on Tuesday does not include any prisoner from occupied Jerusalem or from the Palestinian lands occupied in 1948 or old prisoners.
The center indicated that it found out after examining the list that only one prisoner out of the 441 planned to be released were kidnapped one year before the Aqsa intifada and that 40 of them were kidnapped in 2007.
The center added that 243 would-be freed prisoners are from those who were due to be released in 2008 and 62 others were due to be released in 2009 in addition to 36 others who would have been released in 2010.
The center also pointed out that the list does not include any female prisoner whose number exceeded 143 prisoners."